Day 2: Reflect on the happiest moment of your life. Tune in how you felt, what you heard, how you looked and what people were saying. Where were you doing, who were you sharing it with, reflect on every detail.
August 1st 2015, the happiest day of my life.
I actually have two, but since I’ve already told the story of Ian being born I decided to go with the second happiest day of my life.
The day that I got to marry my best friend and celebrate with our family and friends.
I woke up and packed all of the essentials into Janelle’s car, we met up with one of the other bridesmaids, picked up some Dutch Bros and headed out to Corvallis for our hair appointment.
It was so fun just getting to hang out with six of my best friends and get our hair done, most of them I hadn’t seen for a while and I loved getting to spend time with them.
Afterwards we packed up and went out to the venue near Dallas Oregon.
This venue was beautiful.
We arrived around 11 or so, my family worked together with Jason’s family and had everything all set up by the time I got there. I remember just wanting to see Jason so badly, but I had to wait until it was time to take our pictures. Most couples wait until they walk down the aisle to see each other for the first time, but we wanted to take our pictures before the wedding to save time, so we did a “first look” before the ceremony.
I’ll never forget the way he looked at me. I had to keep telling him not to cry because I couldn’t risk messing up my makeup, even though that didn’t stop me from crying.
Taking pictures was so much fun, but my face hurt from smiling so much by the end of it.
The room that I got ready in with the other bridesmaids had these big windows where we got to watch the guests walk in. It was great seeing everyone walk in and love the venue and decorations as much as I did.
We started slightly late, and I just remember everyone was trying to hustle out there to get started. We picked “I can’t help falling in love with you” by Elvis Presley for the bridal party to walk down the aisle too. My grandma loves Elvis, and I used it in a video for my grandparent’s 50th wedding anniversary video so I thought it would be a perfect way to start the ceremony.
Next thing I know I’m listening to the sweet sounds of Brett Eldredge singing “mean to me.” That meant that it was my turn.
My dad leaned towards me and asked to take a selfie, so of course we did.
One of my favorite pictures ever.
I could tell the pastor was wanting us to walk down but I kept telling my dad we had to wait until a certain part in the song, so he let me wait.
I remember walking down so incredibly nervous.
Butterflies in my stomach would be an understatement.
I just held on tight to my dad’s arms as I was about to step into this newjourney with the person I fell in love with just two years before.
The ceremony was beautiful and our pastor did a fantastic job. He kept making jokes about running and made everyone laugh a few times.
I remember being so nervous when we had to say our vows, I was convinced I wouldn’t remember the words I had to repeat back to Jason.
After we were pronounced husband and wife, I got to kiss my husband, and it was as if a huge weight had been lifted off of my shoulders. It was over and everything went perfect and I had a husband.
Not just any husband, the world’s best husband.
He makes me laugh every day, puts up with me, is the best dad to our amazing son, and would do anything for me.
I had everything I had ever wanted.
We walked out of the ceremony to Hall and Oates “You make my dreams come true” because it was pretty accurate for that moment.
Afterwards we had a few minutes to take in what had just happened. Our fantastic DJ got everyone to make their way to the reception side of the venue while Jason and I got freak out about being husband and wife..finally.
The reception was so much fun. Our DJ had everything scheduled, made time for everything we wanted to do, and played the best music. It was one giant party and we loved it.
Jason and I had our first dance to Elton John’s “Your song” because it was the song that played when Jason proposed to me outside of the Fountains at the Bellagio in Vegas.
Next I got to dance with my dad. One of my favorite parts. We kept joking about how it was so awkward having everyone watch us and laughed the entire time.
We had everything that a wedding had.
We cut the cake.
We tossed the bouquet and garter.
There were two great speeches, one by the best man, and one by my best friend.
And a song and dance number.
What..you didn’t have a song and dance number at your wedding?
My sister and brother planned this song and dance (if you can call it dancing) where they played some of the songs that meant the most to us and rewrote the lyrics to be relevant to our day.
I mean it when I say that I had never been so excited and embarrassed at the same time.
I might be biased, but it was the best wedding.
We had so much fun up until the end.
Jason and I had a song.
I didn’t want it to play at any other part of the wedding until the very end.
“Crash my party” by Luke Bryan might not be the most romantic song in the world, but it was our song. Getting to end the best day ever by dancing with my favorite person to our song was by far the best way to end it.
Looking down at my word count right now, I’m at 1031 words, but honestly none of these words can do justice to how beautiful this day was.
If I close my eyes and think about it, I can really remember how happy I was.